Class meetings typically begin with a lecture and live demonstration of digital painting techniques in Photoshop. Students then complete digital painting exercises in Photoshop while receiving one-on-one feedback and coaching from the instructor.
Week 1 – Learn an efficient method for painting in Photoshop. Understand how to work with values instead of lines, cut into shapes, and use gradient maps.
Week 2 – Become proficient creating custom brushes and silhouette thumbnails.
Week 3 – Learn to quickly create perspective grids and guides to compose your image in Photoshop. Gain essential digital painting tricks and shortcuts that will multiply your speed. Learn Scott Robertson's powerful “Halfway to Black” digital painting system.
Week 4 – Become proficient speedpainting with shapes and creating composition thumbnails.
Week 5 – Understand how to paint environments in Photoshop using the rules of perspective, contrast, depth, and scale.
Week 6 – Environment painting and paint-over.
Week 7 – Learn to work with basic shapes, photos and colour. Learn to do digital painting from life. Understand how to use textures and blending modes to add colour.
Week 8 – Gain skill painting in colour.
Week 9 – Learn how best to use the lasso, gradient, and smudging tools as well as blending modes, overlay textures, and image flipping to aid the painting process. Understand how to build contrast, haze, and atmosphere. Know when to use reflections, depth of field, focal points, hard and soft lines.
Week 10 – Demonstrate everything you've learned and get personalized coaching to complete a final digital illustration you can use in your portfolio.